Island is now on continuous emergency generator power – from Hatteras
village all the way up to Rodanthe, Susan Flythe, general manager of
the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, said this afternoon.
And CHEC is making good progress on restoring the transmission lines
over the breaches on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Flythe said that all of the villages are now operating on emergency
diesel generators. The main generator is next to the Buxton
office and supplies power to Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. In
addition, two emergency megawatt generators were brought in by ferry on
Tuesday and are located in the tri-village area to supply power to
Avon, Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo.
The generators in Buxton, Flythe said, were not programmed for a “black
start” – starting up without an outside feed or source.
were flown to the island to work on the computer system, and the power
started returning to the southern villages late on Tuesday. It took
most of yesterday and today to get power established in Avon and the
The generators, Flythe said, have more than sufficient capacity to
handle the load on the island at this point – with far fewer residents
here and many fewer businesses open.
This is the CHEC’s temporary and short-term solution while it works to
get a “temporary permanent solution,” which is repairing the 115kV
transmission lines through Pea Island, where there are several
inlets. Once Highway 12 is repaired on Pea Island and in
Rodanthe, CHEC will restore permanent transmission lines.
Cooperative crews continued to work today on the transmission line at
the Pea Island breach. Using a barge provided by Cape
they have been able to access the new inlet and carry the heavy
equipment needed for the repair.
This afternoon, the crews secured two new poles to carry the
transmission lines across the breach. Two additional poles
needed to complete the temporary restoration.
Flythe says that if all goes well, the temporary transmission line
could be completed by the end of the weekend.
CHEC continues to urge all members to conserve use of electricity until
permanent transmission service is restored.